DOH: health, major strategy
for poverty reduction
Ona inaugurates new
hospital buildings in Romblon
By PICO Romblon
April 11, 2014
ODIONGAN, Romblon –
Secretary of Health Enrique T. Ona, with Romblon Governor Eduardo C.
Firmalo, Vice Governor Jose R. Riano and Congressman Eleandro Jesus F.
Madrona, alongside regional and provincial officials, unveiled the new
buildings at the Romblon Provincial Hospital, constructed under the
Department of Health's (DOH) Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP).
The objective of the HFEP
program is to upgrade health facilities and provide training to health
professionals, and improve access of people to quality health care
services. It also aims to enhance the delivery of basic, essential,
and specialized health services in the community.
The hospital was upgraded
and modernized under the DOH-HFEP program with an allotment of
P138,243,162.27 in 2010 and 2011 for Phase 1 of the project.
It included the repair of
the emergency room and intensive care unit, and the construction of a
two-storey building for patients' wards, surgery and obstetrics,
out-patient department, x-ray and additional offices for hospital
staff. In 2012, it received an additional P118,499,301 and
P140,000,000 for Phase 2 of the project.
In his inauguration speech,
universal health care champion Ona stressed that health is part of the
major strategy for poverty reduction and inclusive growth which shall
be felt by the poorest of the poor.
"Government hospitals are
for the people and if one does not like to be admitted or confined in
such facilities, then there must be something wrong. In short, whether
it is a government or private hospital, it must be best for all – the
services must be the same, the facilities must be, in terms of
diagnosis and curative aspects, must be the same. This concept is
affirmed today, that public hospitals are not dilapidated but
presentable," Ona said.
The health chief was hailed
"Father of Modern Health Facilities of the Philippines" by the
newly-appointed DOH-MIMAROPA Regional Director, Dr. Eduardo Januario.
The Romblon Provincial
Hospital is a Level 1 health facility, with a 75-bed capacity and a 63
percent bed occupancy rate. It is operated by the provincial
government of Romblon.
According to hospital
records, there were a total of 4,883 admissions in 2013, excluding the
newborn. It also administered a total of 378 newborn screening tests,
and discharged a total of 4,749 patients (alive). It provided
in-patient service to a total of 17,250 patients. It caters to an
average of 45 patients daily.
Among its existing ancillary
services includes a clinical laboratory for blood services, pharmacy,
diagnosis, and x-ray and ultrasound services.
"We thank the national
government through the DOH for supporting our health programs
especially facility development which is a vital necessity for a
geographically isolated and disadvantaged area (GIDA) like the
archipelagic province of Romblon," said Governor Eduardo C. Firmalo, a
medical doctor himself.
"One of our top priorities
is health as embodied in our program H.E.A.R.T. (health, education and
environment, agriculture, revenue generation, tourism, transparency
and true public service) all for the people of Romblon towards
sustainable and inclusive development," added Firmalo.
Lone district of Romblon
Representative Eleandro Jesus F. Madrona expressed his happiness that
Firmalo managed to encourage private doctors to become consultants for
"We need this kind of
facility and we want our people to have the best health care through
this facility towards a better life and we will support any measure
that will increase the salary rates of our doctors," Madrona said.
Madrona assured that the
funding for the Phase 3 of the hospital shall be appropriated in the
2015 national budget.
With a population of
289,867, Romblon is one of the provinces under DOH Region IV-B.
According to the region’s 2013 Vital Health Indices, the province has
a 19.68% (5,706) live birth and 5.32% (1,541) death rate. The leading
causes of mortality in the province are heart diseases, pneumonia,
cancer, cerebro vascular accidents, and hypertension.
"This hospital is the symbol
of hope for the people of Romblon' proof of the Aquino
administration's commitment to the universal health care program for
all," said Hospital Chief Dr. Benedict Anatalio.
Also inaugurated were the
Romblon Blood Collection Unit and the Conference Hall.
Other personalities present
during the ceremonies were the vice mayors of Romblon, barangay
officials of Odiongan town, Provincial Health Officer Ederlina
Aguirre, and various health workers in the province.